- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 20
Jeremiah’s inner struggle.
To Jeremiah’s prophecy of impending disaster, the priest Pashhur, a temple police, confined Jeremiah and punished him publically. When he was released he confronted Pashhur with new name meaning, “terror-all-around,” that the terror would be his name and lot, because he and his family would share the fate of the doomed city of Jerusalem. The priest should hear and protect the divine word by Jeremiah. Instead, he took the prophet and his word captive in the temple.
Jeremiah’s fifth and sixth personal confession and laments was expressed in his complains and cursing himself out of his inner struggling that he should prophesy the destruction of his own people and nation, Judah. Jeremiah accused God almost blasphemously of deceiving him. “Deceived,” means persuaded or irresistible exerting power by God.
Jeremiah’s confession begins with lament/languish but ends in praise, the final triumph of his prophetic word. God overpowered him to prophesy against his own will and he anguished it. However, God forced him to prophesy, though the message is of destruction and punishment for the wickedness of the people. Jeremiah claimed himself to be a true prophet. His prophetic word will be fulfilled but he is in anguish.
Jeremiah ended his confession with words of assurance and praise for God’s just judgement for people.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?